Dual-threat Damion Hobbs will be one of several prospects on hand at next weekend's Elite 11 Quarterback Camp at Cowboys Stadium. This competitiveness and work ethic is what programs like Oregon State, Iowa State and Arkansas State saw, and immediately liked. Then immediately offered.
The versatility helped, too.
"Iowa State and Arkansas State have been on me hardest. They're wanting me at quarterback," said Hobbs. "Oregon State said I can play anywhere, but they like me at quarterback best."
"They all say I'm a big physical runner and I can also make all the throws, make plays and run an offense."
He says his game has improved tremendously, just since the conclusion of last season, and is ready to be shown off Saturday at the Elite 11.
"Throwing the football," Hobbs quickly responded when asked which part of his game he has improved most. "We didn't throw it that much last year, but when I did, I made some things happen. I want to prove I can throw the football and be accurate."
"For those that threw for 3,000 yards and whatnot, I want to prove I can do just as much as they can."
With Hobbs' arm also come powerful legs. So much in fact that Cedar Hill Head Coach Joey McGuire put him to use at wideout early in the 2011 season. And while Hobbs had mainly played quarterback growing up, he found he did just fine as both a target and a blocker, taking 5 catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns.
In the pocket, the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder ran the ball 110 times for 875 yards and 11 scores-- in addition to completing 68 percent of his passes, 8 ending in touchdowns, for 997 yards through the air.
"I can read the defense well, but Coach McGuire says this offseason we're going to work on not being afraid to make the easy throw. He says I don't always have to look for the big play. Keep it simple."
Hobbs was on the campus of Arkansas State this weekend. "It went great," he stressed.
He hopes to hit Iowa State this summer, and possibly Oregon State.
As for other schools in the picture, Hobbs says he is not hearing from any others, but that could quickly change after next weekend's outing.
(Note: Hobbs is communicating with Oregon State Coach Chris Brasfield, Iowa State's Luke Wells, and Arkansas State's Rhett Lashlee.)
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